Friday, May 27, 2005

night of the long knives

Sorry: rumors, demise, premature, &c. I managed to survive the purge at a certain well known food forum. I probably shouldn't say anything about it, but if you want a laugh, you could look up self-importance in the dictionary, or google

Our review has concluded that you do not support the Society and are not a member in good faith. More to the point, you have willfully hindered us in the pursuit of our goals and in so doing have reduced the benefits of membership for those individuals who are with us in good faith.

Nor have I been blinded by my own erection, massive though it is. Instead, I will now have "Going Blind" in my head for the entire weekend (the Melvins version because they were once on Boner Records, of course). Perhaps coincidentally, when we get to leave early before a holiday weekend, it's called "early release."

No, I was distracted by the Supreme Court's lame legalese in Johanns v. Livestock Marketing Association [pdf], which hinges on the fact that the government can say whatever it wants, and make you pay for it. It is interesting, though, that a point made in the Chicago Tribune a few weeks ago that various USDA messages are contradictory, surfaces (irrelevantly) in Ginsburg's dissent, giving Nino an excuse to indulge his famous "sense" of "humor":

The beef promotions are perfectly compatible with the guidelines' message of moderate consumption -- the ads do not insist that beef is also What's for Breakfast, Lunch, and Midnight Snack.

While we were out, Plotz's barbecue odyssey finally took him somewhere worth going, namely Texas [obvs., the decision to go to Memphis instead of the Carolinas ruined the whole piece]. However, he missed the holy shrine of Luling City Market, an annoying simulacrum of which is discussed by Robb Walsh here. Of course, anyone who wants to read anything useful about Texas Barbecue should read Robb's book instead of some egghead Slater. Update: check out this Washington Post article from Monday for a taste of the the North Carolina barbecues.

Also, you wine people need to read this:

Without context, wine has no meaning.

And speaking of long knives, an article in BMJ that is apparently not intended to be a parody wants to ban them, because they might cut people. [Thanks muse!].

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